The door knocks. You walk slowly to the door because on the other side, you hear a strange whining sound. Slowly, you open – and what a sight – horror of all horrors, it’s a devil dog. Or should I say, a dog dressed as a devil. Or perhaps it’s a dog with a Lady […]
This year, I will once again get to experience Halloween through the eyes of a child. Now that we have four foster children, we will be busy picking out costumes, attempting to secretly substitute candy for toothbrushes and floss, and equipping our kids with whistles and the know-how to yell “Stranger Danger!” when they feel […]
You can have hot fun in the summertime with your pets, but if the heat is on, your pets may potentially be in danger. In general, dogs aren’t able to deal with heat as well as people are. So, if you are uncomfortable, it’s a good bet your dog is too. Many dogs wear fur […]
When you think of rabies, what comes to mind? Bats? Feral dogs in third-world countries? Fictional tales of Cujo and Old Yeller? If you’re not thinking about the risk to your own pets, then World Rabies Day on September 28 is the ideal time to start, and here’s why: Rabies cases in domestic animals are on the rise in many U.S. states.
A viral infection that affects the central nervous system, rabies is found in every state in our nation except Hawaii. The most common rabies carriers are raccoons, bats, skunks and foxes, but all mammals are susceptible to infection, including both you and your pets. Rabies is transmitted by the contact of an open wound (most commonly a bite wound) with the saliva of an infected animal.
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